Lesson Plan: Another Background Documentary

250px-Persepolis-books1and2-coversIn order for our grade 8 students to have a better understanding of the Graphic novel Persepolis, the English teachers asked me to put together another background documentary project.

Like always, this project involved:

  1. Finding the information in specific print and online resources
  2. Scanning a QR code to find relevant images
  3. Filming a “panel of experts” on a given issue (eg. The Iran/Iraq war)
  4. Write a “script” using their answers. This must be in their words.
  5. Putting the whole thing together in imovie to make a documentary.

The teachers divided the class into four equal groups. Then the students began their research. This took a long time. They are so used to scanning the information, that even when they are given the exact page in the book, they tend to miss the answer. What I found most useful was circulating through the groups as they attempted to figure out this complicated issue. Having the teacher and I drop in on their discussions helped the girls understand a little better. I encouraged them to explain it to each other aloud- this seemed to work well and the students were very engaged.

Here are some sample questions:

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Screen Shot 2012-12-04 at 12.10.46 PMScreen Shot 2012-12-04 at 12.10.30 PMHere is an example of a finished documentary:

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